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Archive for July 7th, 2009

Obvious fake 64GB Kingston on ebay Australia

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This is a fake capacity flash drive commonly seen on ebay – anyone using one will suffer data loss. As always we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.


Written by fightflashfraud

July 7, 2009 at 7:12 PM

UK seller lists suspect Kingston on ebay Spain

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mr-memory-ukWe suspect that the flash drive shown above is a counterfeit DataTraveler 150 rather than a genuine one. The fact that mr-memory-uk previously sold two of the obvious fake capacity flash drives shown on the left suggests our suspicions are founded.

If the drive is genuine it will have an individual serial number which can be used to check with Kingston whether it is genuine or not.

We strongly advise anyone buying DataTraveler drives to check the serial number with Kingston as many on the Internet (and the majority on ebay) are counterfeits with tiny capacity.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 7, 2009 at 4:51 PM

A new varient on a familiar fake flash drive?

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We wonder if this is a new varient on one of the most common drives to get the frankenflash treatment (re-programming of a small capacity drive to make it seem to be higher capacity) – we have a feeling that this yellow model offered by Hong Kong based seller blueberry_yang2008 will (like the more familiar brown and black models) turn out to be fake capacity. Using fake capacity drives leads to data loss – if you bought this item (or any other flash memory from this seller) do not trust it with important files.

As usual we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 7, 2009 at 2:08 PM

Another new fraud ID registered in China?

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This supposed 16GB USB flash drive listed on ebay by tangyong200906999 is almost certain to be fake capacity. We strongly suspect that this is yet another ID registered by one of the fraud gangs in China who have been selling fake capacity flash memory on ebay for a long time.

Scam merchants have robbed thousands of ebayers not only of their money (bad enough) but also of their computer files – much worse! Sometimes the fake memory items sold by these con merchants infected buyers’ computers with viruses (worse still) – ebayers please wake up!!

If you buy flash memory at a fantastic low price you will get a fantastic fake item. Your purchase will cause data loss and corruption. Not only that – in some cases it may even damage your computer.

As ever we strongly advise ebayers to test all flash memory with the free program h2testw.

Report in to SOSFakeFlash if your testing confirms you have a false capacity device.

Written by fightflashfraud

July 7, 2009 at 11:55 AM

How Fraud is allowed on Ebay. The Case of Seller digitalting0303 Who Uses Private Auctions To Evade Detection

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Do you wonder how fraud is permitted on eBay? How it is possible for those who wish to cheap and fraud buyers, get away with it? Recently SOSFakeFlash Published on a documented seller, digitalting0303. There is a lot of money made in selling false capacity MP Players, Usb flash drives and memory cards. digitalting0303 is a perfect example of how it is possible and how such sellers continue on eBay.

With permission from SOSFakeFlash we are reprinting their article, published on July 4th, 2009:


digitalting0303digitalting0303 , registered in Hong Kong, is a seller of fake (false capacity) usb flash drives, memory cards and is now offering MP Players! This seller defies eBay and is very skilled in fraud. The only thing digitalting0303 is interested in, is your money. This seller was caught by SOSFakeFlash in October 2008. Soon eBay suspended this id. Nothing was done to contact the buyers of the fake 32GB flash drives eBay to warn people about these dangerous usb flash drives that would lead to data loss.

Members of the FrankenFlash Project, patrol for sellers suspended. Why? As soon as the suspension is over they return to their old ways. The profit is good and they do not care what happens to you or your data. On June 15, 2009 SOSFakeFlash issued a new alert: digitalting0303 Ebay Fake Flash Seller High Alert Devious – Hong Kong digitalting0303, learned from his previous mistakes and began using private auctions to avoid detection (eBay Private Auction Listings – eBay Fake Flash Sellers Prefer – Victims Learn The Meaning The Hard Way – A Guide ).

This way, digitalting0303 could continue in selling fake flash items and avoid detection. digitalting0303 demonstrates just how easy it is for a fraudster to use eBay!

If you are a victim of digitalting0303, you have a choice to make. Let this seller continue to harm others and keep your money or teach him a lesson. The choice is yours. See: Escalation In False Capacity USB Fake Memory eBay! SOSFakeFlash News July 3rd, 2009

Do not expect eBay to do anything about digitalting0303. Do not forget they enjoy the fee’s they collect from these fake flash sellers. These scam artists are only stopped by victims. Will digitalting0303 be allowed to continue? You have the power to decide.

Use the tool: make sure to leave negative feedback immediately, even before you file with PayPal. If you left positive, do follow up feedback stating the truth about what you discovered. Feedback remains forever. Chose your words carefully.

Leave the calling card of “SOSFakeFlash” and “H2testw” in your feedback to help others. Do not change your feedback to get a refund – you will only create more victims.

Just how bold is this fraudster? As this article is being written there are 60 fake usb flash drives, 40 MP Players and 10 memory cards offered.

Just added to the fake flash offerings:

digitalting0303-MP1 digitalting0303-MP2


Written by KittyFireFlash

July 7, 2009 at 4:50 AM